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The hottest A-class yet, the Mercedes A45 AMG, will make its public premiere at the Geneva motor show next year
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31 October 2012

Mercedes-Benz’s AMG off-shoot has confirmed the upcoming A45 AMG will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show - a year after standard versions of the German car maker’s new A-class first appeared in public.

The BMW M135i rivaling hatchback marks AMG’s first ever foray into Europe’s toughly fought hot hatch market, with Mercedes-Benz officials confirming right hand drive UK sales are planned to get underway in July 2013.

Pricing is yet to be announced but Autocar understands the A45 AMG will sell for around £36,000, with an optional performance package set to add a further £3000.

Pictured here in final prototype form wearing only light disguise across the lower section of its front bumper, the A45 AMG’s appearance has already been previewed by the AMG Sport styling package available on all new third-generation A-class models. Helping to provide the new car with an added touch of visual aggression is a set of standard 18-inch multi spoke wheels shod with 235/40 profile Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres, lowered ride height and twin trapezoidal shaped chromed tail pipes.     

Powering AMG’s first ever hatchback is a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine developed by AMG engine boss, Fritz Eichler. Known under the codename M132, the new unit is based around parent company Mercedes-Benz’s M274 engine of the same capacity – as used in the recently launched A250 CGI. 

Running a twin scroll turbocharger with a maximum 1.8 bar of boost pressure, the transversely mounted engine is claimed provide the A45 AMG with 349bhp at 6600rpm together with 332lb ft of torque - an increase of 141bhp and 111lb ft over the A250’s less heavily tuned powerplant. By comparison, the M135i’s turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine kicks out 316bhp and the same 332lb ft.

Power is channeled to all four wheels via a seven speed dual clutch gearbox conceived and produced in-house at Mercedes-Benz’s gearbox plant near Stuttgart in Germany. It works in combination with a multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system developed in co-operation with Austrian based production and engineering specialist Magna. 

Mercedes-Benz officials suggest the A45 AMG will reach 62mph from standstill in 5.1sec with top speed limited to 155mph in standard trim and 168mph when running the optional performance package. Combined average fuel consumption is said to be above 40mpg.

Underpinning the new entry level AMG model is a modified version of the standard A-class’s MacPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension. It has been lowered by around 25mm and receives thoroughly reworked elastokinematic prototypes, with new springs, dampers, bushes and anti-roll bar tuning. The A45 AMG also adopts the same front-end layout used by the A250. It uses different wheel bearings than other third-generation A-class models to provide a wider track.

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TegTypeR 1 November 2012

So you are buying a so called

So you are buying a so called performance car (by virtue of the fact it is an AMG), yet you have to pay an extra £3000 for the "performance" package?

Something's wrong there.

Wanos 31 October 2012

I agree. 0-60 in 5.1 secs

I agree. 0-60 in 5.1 secs seem a bit tardy. The Audi RS3 with "only" 335bhp manages it in 4.6.

Plus on another note I thought Audi had sold out all their RS3's? But they are still selling them on their official website...did they extend the run?

Lee23404 31 October 2012

Wanos wrote: I agree. 0-60

Wanos wrote:

I agree. 0-60 in 5.1 secs seem a bit tardy. The Audi RS3 with "only" 335bhp manages it in 4.6.

Plus on another note I thought Audi had sold out all their RS3's? But they are still selling them on their official website...did they extend the run?

Yes Audi did extend the RS3 run.

Why anybody would buy this, or the Audi, when the faster and better sounding, courtesy of its straight 6,  M135i is available from under £30k is beyond me.

Inl16 1 November 2012

BMW has them all licked

They're clearly just playing for stats here - matching the torque of the M135i and then bumping the bhp up far enough to compensate for the fact that it's a (very ordinary) 4-in-line. I'll be mightily surprised if this is anywhere near as good as the M135i with its already legendary N55 engine (driving a 2011 335i I can attest that its status is justified). BMW is really cleaning up this segment right now, all they need is a good facelift for some additional front-end sex appeal and then you'd truly be out of your mind to consider anything other than the M135i when looking for a hot hatch.

Also anyone who believes this will get better real-life economy with its 4WD system than the M135i in RWD trim is deluding themselves.

 

 

 

SunnyL 1 November 2012

Lee23404 wrote: M135i It

Lee23404 wrote:

M135i

It looks like a pig, it's impractical and it'd be useless in the winter/rain. 

Chillipepper 1 November 2012

SunnyL wrote: Lee23404

SunnyL wrote:

Lee23404 wrote:

M135i

It looks like a pig, it's impractical and it'd be useless in the winter/rain. 

Yes it's looks don't appeal to everyone but... Why will the M135i be impractical and useless in winter/rain? The Bimmer is available as a 4 door! So many idiot people think 4WD is the be all and end all. It's not. It's not like you're just gonna spin off the road in the raid without it. The majority of performance cars sold aren't all wheel drive. Granted if you like somewhere which gets a big serving snow which hangs about 4WD could be more desirable but without winter tyres stopping and steering can still be a big problem. Winter tyres on a RWD car would be a revelation. I say this as the owner of a Quattro. Too much is made of the abilities of 4wd on a road car. 

Lee23404 1 November 2012

SunnyL wrote: Lee23404

SunnyL wrote:

Lee23404 wrote:

M135i

It looks like a pig, it's impractical and it'd be useless in the winter/rain. 

What absolute bollox.

Looks are subjective so I'll ignore that but the new 1series is every bit as practical as most in the class and has a bigger boot than an A class,or an A3 with Quattro.

There's also nothing wrong with rwd in the wet and if snow is an issue (which it isn't for 99% of people), buy winter tyres.

SunnyL 3 November 2012

Lee23404 wrote: the new

Lee23404 wrote:

the new 1series is every bit as practical as most in the class and has a bigger boot than an A class,or an A3 with Quattro.

There's also nothing wrong with rwd in the wet and if snow is an issue (which it isn't for 99% of people), buy winter tyres.

Have you tried sitting in the back of a 1-Series? It doesn't work as a family car.

And I'd rather not have to faff around with useless winter tyres and I'd much prefer grip on a wet road, which let's face it, is how it usually is in the UK. The 1-Series isn't a car I'd like to live with because of loads of factors, and the M135i doesn't change that. Give me an RS3 or A45 AMG any day of the week, regardless of 4WD.

madmac 8 November 2012

A45 AMG

I would buy it because it has 4WD and is an AMG,a more economical replacement for my C63,we will not get it here in Canada,sadly,but if we got the BMW it would be 4wd here which sadly in UK you will not get,can't really understand why,marketing is so strange.We do not even get an Audi S3,never mind RS3,or RS4 or RS6.I admit I will look at the 3 available[M-B,Audi,BMW] and drive them before I decide,but the CLA45 for me is the choice until proven otherwise

mac

BenS1 31 October 2012

"... for a 2 Litre is

"... for a 2 Litre is astounding!"

The Mitsubishi Evo has been doing these numbers and higher from a production 2 litre turbo for years. Not that I'm comparing the two or taking anything away from the Merc.

I've been following this Merc with interest, however the 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds seems a little slow for a small powerful 4wd car. I'd have expected something in the mid to low 4's.

 

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